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October 26, 2012
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Northern Ky. woman recognized as a National Magnet Nurse of the Year

Worked on Senate Bill 58, which increased ER safety

Linda Robinson receives the National Magnet Nurse of the Year from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is an emergency department nurse at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

COVINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2012) — St. Elizabeth Healthcare Emergency Department nurse Linda Robinson was recognized this month as a National Magnet Nurse of the Year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Each year, the ANCC selects recipients for outstanding contributions in clinical nursing in five Magnet Model components, including: Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes.

Robinson received recognition during the ANCC National Magnet Conference in Los Angeles in the category of Structural Empowerment.

“Linda has been a valued member and contributed much during her tenure as a bedside nurse and as a certified emergency and forensic nurse,” said Kim Boyer, system director of emergency services. “It is her passionate mission against workplace violence that has set her apart and endeared her to emergency nurses within the organization, region and state.”

Robinson has been an associate of St. Elizabeth Healthcare for 28 years and is currently a charge nurse in the Covington Emergency Department. She has been a major advocate for ending workplace violence, initiating the emergency department workplace violence program at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. She also participated in the Emergency Nurses Association Workplace Violence Work Team as a co-investigator on a study of “Violence against Nurses Working in U.S. Emergency Departments” published in the Journal of Nursing Administration in 2009. This eventually led to her appointment as an expert advisor for an interventional workplace violence study with the University of Cincinnati that was funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

She has presented on workplace violence at numerous national conventions, and was largely responsible for the passing of Senate Bill 58 in February 2012, which helped make emergency departments safer by allowing local police to remove and arrest anyone who assaults an emergency department healthcare worker. She testified before the Kentucky State Judiciary Committee and the Kentucky House of Representatives. The bill passed unanimously.

“Linda exemplifies the true meaning of being a Magnet Nurse. She is passionate about nursing, committed to the issue of workplace violence prevention, and makes us all realize that one nurse really can make a difference,” said Jane Swaim, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Because of her unique abilities and talent, and the fact that she is one of our Magnet shining stars … she is very deserving to be Magnet Nurse of the Year.”

St. Elizabeth Healthcare operates six facilities throughout Northern Kentucky – St. Elizabeth Covington, St. Elizabeth Edgewood, St. Elizabeth Falmouth, St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas and St. Elizabeth Grant.

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